Happy Tuesday, Ravens Nation! How many of you are excited about Ravens' Training Camp starting up on Sunday? I know I am thrilled! Finally, the smell of the turf is in the air. I can't wait until the night that the Ravens face the Broncos in the season opener! Hopefully, they will be without Mr. Von Miller. Anyway, it's time to get started! Let's open some mail!
Q1: Do you think the Ravens could trade for WR Kenny Britt? - Wyeriverrat7 on BB.
Could they? Absolutely.
Will they? Probably not.
Should they? No.
Kenny Britt of the Tennessee Titans is talented and not very old at 24 years of age. Britt may be very solid on the field, but off it, he's just not the Ravens' cup of tea.
Britt has been injured before, mainly with a torn ACL and MCL, which he suffered in 2011. He also was suspended the first game of the 2012 season, due to issues with the police. He constantly gets in trouble, and we know how that could end up if we grabbed him. (Look at the Rolando McClain mistake.)
Kenny Britt can play some football, but injuries and legal trouble is the main reason to keep Britt off of the Ravens' 53-man roster.
Another reason not to trade for him is to let our younger guys get a chance and develop. The only way our guys are going to get any better is if they get playing time. If we added another WR, it would just diminish some of the younger guys' playing time.
The only way I see the Ravens trading for Britt, is if they can get him at a very cheap price. I'm talking one low draft pick, that's about it.
Q2: How do you think Daryl Smith will do? - Terrin Wilson
I think he will do fine. I'm not sure if he'll start at ILB, but if he does, he should do well.
Last season he only played two games, which is obviously not a lot. He had a groin injury that limited him last season. For this year, Smith seems to be looking and feeling good, and hopefully he can get things done while he attempts to replace Ray Lewis and/or Dannell Ellerbe.
Daryl Smith is the all-time Jaguars tackle leader, so I am hoping that he brings some of that to the Ravens. He is getting a little older and slightly beginning to decline, but for this season, I wouldn't worry about that one bit. Smith should have an impact on the team from the minute he steps into training camp.
I believe it could be McClain, if he's healthy.
Obviously, McClain will not be starting training camp practicing, but he is expected to come off the PUP at some point, which means it is probable that he will be 100% ready for the season opener. McClain is a guy that we need on our defense, so it would be in our best interest to have him ready for Week 1.
Daryl Smith & Arthur Brown are two other guys that are fighting for starting positions.
It is a really tough decision to put two of these three at ILB and MLB, when they are all three capable of starting all 16 games.
No matter which two guys start, just remember that they are all very talented, and they will be able to get work done on this Ravens' defense.
Q4: Do you honestly think we can three-peat as AFC North Champs? - Terrin Wilson
Of course I do.
Let's look at our competition:
Cleveland Browns- The Browns are still rebuilding and trying to get their stuff together. They aren't a TERRIBLE team, but there is almost no way that they will win the AFC North. Keep trying, Cleveland.
Pittsburgh Steelers- The Steelers missed the playoffs last year, as they also came in third in the AFC North. Have they gotten any better? It doesn't seem like it. They lost James Harrison, Rashard Mendenhall, and Mike Wallace. The loss of those three guys could be HUGE for Pittsburgh, especially since they don't have a true #1 WR, and their defense is still older and a little raggedy, even with the addition of a guy like Jarvis Jones.
Cincinnati Bengals- The Bengals continue to steadily improve, but do they have what it takes to win the AFC North next season? I wouldn't bet on it. Even though Andy Dalton and A.J. Green have a special connection, that seems to be the only receiver that Andy Dalton has a connection with. The running game in Cincy is questionable, the defense is decent, and the passing game isn't very hard to shut down. With these flaws, it'd be hard to say that they can win it for the third time in franchise history this year.
Although I picked the Ravens to lose to the Bengals twice in my last mailbag, I have since then taken that back. I believe that we'll defeat the Bengals in Week 10, while we lose to them in Week 17. Either way, I believe that the Ravens have a legitimate chance to win the AFC North for the third straight year.
Q5: Who do you think will lead the AFC North in Sacks? - Terrin Wilson
I don't mean to sound biased, but I believe it will be one of two Ravens:
- John Harbaugh
- Dean Pees
- Jim Caldwell
- Juan Castillo
- Steve Spagnuolo